Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said on Wednesday that if the Governor Gretchen Whitmer cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, she will move to shut Line 5 which runs under the Straits of Mackinac in June.
Nessel said the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a sensitive waterway. AG said that she was hopeful that the governor would have a plan for decommissioning the 66-year-old pipes by June 1.
"My team has been meeting on this since the first day that I took office. I want to obviously act quickly because I think every day that Line 5 continues to run is a day that our state is in great peril," Nessel told The Associated Press at the Detroit Regional Chamber's policy conference.
Line 5 carries about 23 million gallons of crude oil daily between Superior, Wisconsin, and Sarnia, Ontario. Although environmental groups says that the underwater segment that traverses the Straits of Mackinac is a spill hazard and should be decommissioned, Enbridge says it is in good shape and could operate indefinitely.